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Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year

The Larreynaga community takes its name from a municipality in the Department of León. Most families live in small rural settlements, earning their living from subsistence agriculture or small scale production activities. Parents, especially mothers, are often not literate, and lack knowledge in reproductive health knowledge, nutrition, and child development.
Child Protection
  • 165 parents attended training to learn how to discipline their children without physical violence, so more girls and boys are safer from abuse.
  • 1 reading club has been started for boys and girls, helping to improve their literacy and reading habits.
  • 154 parents and caregivers attended training in early childhood education and development, guiding them on how to support their young child's growth.
  • 21 parents of Grades 1 to 3 students were trained on the value of learning to read and quality education, showing them why children should go to school.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 133 students who attended health and hygiene training now actively practise good hygiene habits, so they can better protect themselves from diseases.
  • 2 health and hygiene clubs or programmes were established in schools, helping students learn about clean water, hygiene and good sanitation habits.
  • 192 children now have clean water at their school or education centre, giving them easy access to drinking water and improving their learning environment.

*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Repair and equip schools with furniture and teaching materials. T
  • rain teachers in new, more effective instructional methods.
  • Improve literacy by establishing and equipping reading corners in schools and in remote areas of the community.
  • Train volunteers to support children in reading corners.
  • Create tutoring programs to improve academic performance.
  • Provide life skills training to older students.
  • Establish school gardens where children can learn about agricultural practices, as well as healthy nutrition.
  • Train parents and teachers in early developmental stimulation and establish early stimulation centres.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Train children in good hygiene and health practices.
  • Train guide mothers and fathers, as well as health volunteers, in nutrition and growth monitoring.
  • Empower guide parents to pass on their knowledge to parents of malnourished children.
  • Sensitize and train families in good preventive health care, including the importance of immunization, and hygiene.
  • Establish common pot groups where parents of malnourished children gather together to learn to prepare healthy meals using local ingredients.
  • Monitor malnourished children in the community to ensure nutritional recovery.
  • Provide children with vitamin supplements and deworming medicine.
  • Equip health centres with oral rehydration solution to treat diarrhea.
  • Help families of malnourished children establish home gardens by providing agricultural supplies, like seeds, fruit trees, and small animals.

Water and Sanitation
Through partnership with children, families, and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Sensitize and train families in environmental sanitation and safe water handling.
  • Identify and train agricultural promoters in new agricultural techniques that protect the water supply, and empower promoters to pass on their knowledge to community producers.
  • 76.8% of adolescents had a strong connection with their parent or caregiver in 2017
  • 93.5% of adolescents reported having a birth certificate in 2017, increasing from 91.1% in 2012
  • 69.5% of children in the 6th grade could read and understand the material in 2017, increasing from 6.2% in 2012
  • 45.5% of families know the early warming signs and what to do in case of an emergency or disaster in 2017
  • 55.2% of children under five with diarrhoea received effective treatment in 2017, increasing from 52.6% in 2012
  • 74.8% of adolescents had enough food to eat throughout the year in 2017, increasing from 61.2% in 2012

Explore Larreynaga

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Larreynaga

It is often a struggle for children in Larreynaga to get a good education. Parents are uninformed about the role of early stimulation in the development of their children, and so children begin school at a disadvantage. Many children do not complete their primary education. There are not enough primary school spaces, and classes are overcrowded with over 50 students per teacher. School buildings are often lack water and sanitation facilities, and teachers do not have sufficient training or teaching resources and materials. It is also difficult for students in the rural areas to get to school, as they often have to travel over 10 km. These obstacles are compounded by the fact that many parents are not taught to value their children's education, and don't know how to support their children at home.

Health Care
Rates of chronic malnutrition in the community are high. Families cannot always provide enough food for their children, and when they do it does not always constitute a well-rounded diet. Many parents do not understand the importance of healthy nutrition. Malnutrition makes children even more vulnerable to opportunistic infections like respiratory illnesses, as well as diarrhea from water related illnesses. Homes are often overcrowded, and families lack knowledge about preventive health care and hygiene practices. Health care centres in the area often lack the supplies and trained personnel needed to provide the most basic primary care.

Water and Sanitation
The community's supply of ground water is diminishing as a result of soil erosion and overuse for the irrigation of crops. In addition, 86% of homes do not have adequate facilities for drinking water and basic sanitation, increasing the risk of infectious diseases, especially diarrhea and parasites. Families often lack knowledge about how to handle water safely and promote sanitation practices.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Larreynaga is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.